Greg Marquis, professor of history and politics at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, will read from Truth & Honour on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre.
Truth and Honour explores the 2011 murder of Saint John businessman Richard Oland, of the prominent family that owns Moosehead Breweries, the ensuing police investigation and the arrest, trial and conviction of the victim’s son Dennis Oland for second-degree murder.
Dennis Oland’s trial would be the most publicized in New Brunswick history. What the trial judge called “a family tragedy of Shakespearian proportions,” this real-life murder mystery included adultery, family dysfunction, largely circumstantial evidence, allegations of police incompetence, a high-powered legal defense, and a verdict that shocked the community.
Today, the Oland family maintains Dennis Oland’s innocence. Dr. Marquis leads readers through the case, from the discovery of the crime to the conviction and sentencing of the defendant. Offering multiple perspectives, Truth and Honour explores this question: was Dennis Oland responsible for the death of his father?
Dr. Marquis is author of Policing Canada’s Century: A History of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (1993), In Armageddon’s Shadow: Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the Civil War (1998) and The Vigilant Eye: Policing Canada from 1867 to 9/11 (2016).
The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, Canada Council for the Arts and its private reading sponsors.
Media contact: Claire Geldart
Photo credit: Robert Burgess Photography